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A job on Quebec soil: the regions of Quebec are reaching out to you!

Can you tell us about this device?

The Un emploi en sol québécois program consists of promoting job offers in the regions of Quebec, outside the city of Montreal and within a radius of about fifty kilometers around Montreal – what is called the metropolitan area, with Laval to the north and part of Montérégie (Longueuil) to the south. Indeed, many organizations are already active in this geographic area, which hosts the vast majority of immigrant labor in Quebec. Therefore, our approach focuses primarily on these other regions facing recruitment challenges. In fact, 55% of available jobs are located outside the metropolitan area! Our objective is therefore to match applications with the needs of these businesses in the region.

I should point out that this program is not just for francophones. However, fluency in French is a condition sine qua non to be able to register. In addition, to access it it is necessary to have a legal status to work in Canada via an open work permit (which authorizes to work for any employer) or closed (for a single and unique employer), to be a PVTiste , or permanent resident.

The project you are proposing is not only professional. It is also a life project…

Yes, this point is very important and we really want to make candidates aware of the perception of Quebec and its regions. This job search is really associated with an enriching life project, with access to wide open spaces, to nature, to an exceptional quality of life.

Some regions are relatively close to Montreal, such as Lanaudière, Laurentides, Montérégie or part of Estrie. Others, further away from mainland France, such asAbitibi-Témiscamingue, Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, precisely attract candidates who are looking for a job, but also for a truly unique living environment.

What are the professional sectors most in tension in the regions?

Our program mirrors the entire labor market in Quebec. Thus, trades related to information technology recruit a lot, from the first grade of computer technician to that of engineer. Health is another area in very high tension – nurses, orderlies (equivalent to caregivers or life auxiliaries in France). It should also be remembered that there are agreements within the framework of the Québec-France Agreement for the recognition of acquired skills and professional titles in these professions. This greatly facilitates access to these positions. Engineering trades are also in demand. However, like accountants, for example, these professions are regulated by professional orders that will have to validate these skills here in Quebec.

Furthermore, the manufacturing sector is truly a major recruitment hub. In particular for electro-mechanics, welders, mechanical engineering and industrial engineering technicians, as well as all “unskilled” trades (associated with inventory management, mechanical handling, etc.). These functions within the manufacturing sector in the regions represent some 80% of needs, it’s a huge share!

We can also mention the administrative professions, in particular marketing, communication, human resources, accounting, etc. These positions often offer flexibility which favors teleworking in particular. This aspect is very valuable, for example in the case of people who follow their spouse or family in one region, while being able to practice remotely in another place.

We should also mention the hotel and catering industry, which offers a huge number of positions in the regions, with a wide variety of functions: clerks, receptionists, chefs, as well as all the administrative positions related to this sector of activity.

And which regions are in the greatest demand for skills?

Tour depends on the type of activity. In the manufacturing sector, for example, there are significant needs in regions such asAbitibi-Témiscamingue, Centre-du-Québec, Mauricie and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean to some extent.

Service trades, including those in information technology, for example, are particularly popular in the Capitale-Nationale region (that is, Quebec City and its region). Estrie is also very prominent, with the presence of Ubisoft and SherWeb, for example. These very large companies have hundreds of vacancies.

The hotel and catering industry, for its part, offers jobs in all regions combined. This is of course the case for those areas with high concentrations of tourism such as the Gaspésie, the Îles-de-la-Madeleine or the Outaouais, as well as part of Lanaudière and the Laurentians which also suffer from significant shortages of personal.

These employment opportunities are also evident in the health professions, and this in the seventeen regions of Quebec combined. All, without exception, are grappling with this problem of recruitment in this health sector.

Concretely, how can interested persons apply for this program?

They can complete their profile and submit their CV on our platform. This process is of course totally free. For their part, companies that join the Un emploi en sol québécois program post their offers on this same platform. Our program operates in three stages: employability, networking and regionalization.

Concretely, when we receive a CV, we ensure that it meets the needs of the labor market and its uses (notably not inserting a photo, not indicating its age, etc.), with practical information, in relation to the position sought, emphasizing the tasks accomplished and the skills rather than the diplomas. Then, when the candidate has completed their skills profile, we examine them in detail (mastery of tools, years of experience, etc.). If necessary, we come back to him to suggest modifications that will serve his candidacy.

Our support also covers preparation for interviews (or job interviews) which differ somewhat from French habits. Here the emphasis must be placed on his professional experience and the correspondence between his skills and the coveted position.

Then, we carry out a mesh to match as closely as possible the applications with the positions offered. This link between applications and positions can be refined, especially if the candidate mentions a geographical preference.

A certain number of job offers were then sent to him. According to those that suit him, the company is in turn contacted and the application in question is proposed to him.

Finally, we organize a virtual interview between the candidate and the company. Therefore, our mission stops there, this part purely related to recruitment (with in particular the conditions of employment and the salary conditions) being in the end directly negotiated between the candidate and the company.

I would add that we can also organize “express recruitment”, via a formula set up recently. This takes place over one or two days, within the framework of a very specific sector of activity. Companies have virtual interview rooms that allow them to be in direct contact with pre-selected candidates. This method offers great reactivity and gives access to a wider panel, both for companies and for candidates who can be in direct contact with a greater number of companies.

One thing is certain, there is no shortage of job opportunities in the regions of Quebec and there are many opportunities to be seized!

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